Richmond Half – The Comeback One

The built up

In my post a few weeks ago, I stated that the wheels have come off in a couple of my runs. 3 miles felt like too much!

The Richmond Half had crept up on me and I didn’t feel I was in shape. Over the last few weeks, I got as many quality runs in as I could, in the hope my legs would come back. I did some mini duathalons – 7 miles home on the bike, a quick change and then a 6-mile run.

I was tempted to give the race a miss. The way some of my training runs had gone, I thought I had no chance of completing 13.1 miles. Continue reading “Richmond Half – The Comeback One”

DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?

Running selfie

As I’ve got older I’ve noticed I suffer from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) a lot more. Or more to the point, it’s not reducing with regular training. After a particularly tough session or a longer than normal run, it can still kick in. Continue reading “DOMS – Do you get sore muscles?”

Dash for the Splash – Wimbledon Common

Dash for the Splash 1

The Dash for the Splash race had been on my calendar for a while. It was local and sounded like a lot of fun. It was organised by Thames Hare and Hounds Running Club.

I didn’t actually book for my place until the night before, following an absolutely shocking run on Saturday. Doing the race was a way of getting me up and out and running 10km and also to give me an idea of where my fitness was. Continue reading “Dash for the Splash – Wimbledon Common”

Getting passed that 1 hour run

Ealing Half Start 2016

Sometimes it depends on what your first race was. Then there’s a blocker and you can’t move up a distance.

If your training for a 10km you realise you have to run for about an hour and that’s about as far as you go in your training.  Following the race, you still never get past that hour mark.

We can get stuck at the distances that are well known to us and we feel comfortable at. Just like life. Stepping up into the new position at work. Taking on a little more can be daunting, so we stay where we’re comfortable. Continue reading “Getting passed that 1 hour run”

Minimalism – Declutter your life

Over the last 2 or so years, I’ve been trying to get rid of stuff. Some of this has come about due to house moves and mainly due to two people moving into a flat together that has no storage. As someone once said to me –

“Storage. That’s what garages, basements and attics are for”

Spare Room Minimilism
The spare room!

Well, I have none of these, but what I do have is a spare room. However, I can now no longer go into the room due to the anxiety I get as soon as I enter. Continue reading “Minimalism – Declutter your life”

Running – Get out the door!

In a recent post, I stated that one of my goals this year is to run more races.

It’s the start of the year and the likelihood is that you’ve set some running goals. It maybe to do your first 5km, achieve a Boston Marathon qualifying time or even complete an ultramarathon. It could just be to be out the door more often. Continue reading “Running – Get out the door!”

Meditation – What is it? What does it do?

Bushy Park Meditation

I listen to plenty of podcasts. Many are about health, fitness, business and entrepreneurship. When people on these podcasts are asked – “What’s the one thing that made a profound change in your life?” The answer is often meditation.

After hearing this answer so many times I had to see what the panacea for a successful (1), wholesome life was! I downloaded the free Headspace app and tried the Take 10 (Ten 10 minutes guided introductory sessions) pack. I liked it and following that, I became a fully paid up subscriber and have now been meditating (on and off) for around a year. (2)

So what’s the science?

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Race Plans for 2017 – Lace ’em up!

As Blue Monday rolls past, you may be thinking of signing up for a race to kick start your training and banish the January blues.

In my New Year post, I mentioned that in 2017 I want to take part in more races. I love the community atmosphere of races. The feeling that we’re all in it together. That 1000s of people get up early on a Sunday morning to test and challenge themselves. Here’s a list or races that I’ve booked or I’m planning on doing this year.

Dash for Splash 10km – Wimbledon Common – 26/02/17

Wimbledon Common

This is very local to me and Wimbledon Common is one of my favourite places so running this is a no brainer. Continue reading “Race Plans for 2017 – Lace ’em up!”

Part-Year Review. Part New Year 2017 Re-Up

New Year

It’s the New Year and that can only mean one thing. Resolutions!

There’s a lot said about resolutions. Some of it negative. They’re pointless. A huge percentage of people give them up within 2 weeks, so what’s the point in trying. Why wait until 1st January to start something that you really want to do and will make you happier or healthier.

I agree with the last point. What’s the point in waiting? But if there were to be some arbitrary date to get started then 1st January is as good as any. If it gets you up and provides some motivation. Why not!

I’ve been working on putting things in place to improve myself and my health throughout in 2016. Some have had success, some have come, gone and come back again and some never really got started. They’re more general things I wanted to do during 2016 and some were not particularly specific. Which could have been one of my issues.

RUNNING

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